the naturals: nadine and matt abramcyk
Published Sep 16, 2016 12:00 PM
photography by DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN written by SARAH COFFEY
CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS NADINE ANDMATT ABRAMCYK
TACKLE THEIR LATEST PROJECT— A TRIBECA APARTMENT WITH BLUE-SKY VIEWS.
The Abramcyks use industrial materials in innovative ways, like running the loft’s lighting through copper conduit pipes, custom-made by contractor Jeff Li.
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Together for almost 20 years, Nadine and Matt Abramcyk share an understated sense of style.
Nadine kicks back in the bedroom, where a light-filled photo by Todd Hido contrasts with the reclaimed wood from the now-shuttered MercBar.
Between them, Nadine and Matt Abramcyk
have at least a dozen projects on the go at any given time. Nadine co-owns nontoxic nail salon Tenoverten, which has four locations in New York; one in Austin, Texas; and a new one opening in Los Angeles this fall. Matt is a well-known downtown restaurateur whose roster includes Smith & Mills, Tiny’s & The Bar Upstairs, Warren 77, Navy, and the soon-to-open Brooklyn hotel Gowanus Inn & Yard. Add two kids to the mix—Zoe Lee, 4, and Solomon, 3—and you’re probably tired just reading this. “It’s a little maddening,” says Nadine, laughing, “but we thrive on it. Being around people excites us.”
Custom-made by Siberian Furniture, the bedroom side tables create a surface for mementos and vintage market finds.
This fall, Matt takes his love of industrial spaces to Brooklyn with the opening of Gowanus Inn & Yard—his largest project to date.
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Like most longtime New Yorkers,
the Abramcyks are loyal to their neighborhood. They met in business school at New York University, got their first place together in the building where Warren 77 is now, and stayed within the bounds of Tribeca every time they moved. “There’s a real sense of community here,” says Matt. “It feels like a small town in the city.” Their current home faces a park, and the view from their apartment is of grass and blue sky—a rarity in Manhattan. Wraparound windows flood the space with light, and an open loft separates Nadine and Matt’s bedroom from the kids’ area. “They can ride their scooters in a circle around the whole thing,” says Matt. “It’s got great flow.”
Custom cabinets and shelving accommodate the kids’ artwork along with Matt and Nadine’s projects in progress.
Nadine likes to cook comfort food in the kitchen, like Uruguayan- style chicken Milanesa and salads with fresh market ingredients.
The Abramcyks are homebodies, spending weekends stretched out on their Piero Lissoni sofa and doing puzzles with the kids at the dining table.
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An advocate for natural beauty, Nadine stocks her bathroom with nontoxic products from Earth Tu Face, Herbivore, RMS, and Agent Nateur.
The steam shower is custom-crafted from chicken wire glass, a metal frame, and a light fixture from Luddite Antiques.
The Abramcyks’ home feels bright and calm,
two traits that Matt attributes to Nadine. “She has a very understated elegance, which I’ve always been enamored with,” he says. Nadine credits her Uruguayan father and British mother with shaping her style: “He never travels without wearing a navy blue blazer, and she has a very elegant, simple sensibility.” Matt’s influence is everywhere, as well. He worked with contractor Jeff Li to develop the copper conduit piping that connects the apartment’s sculptural lighting system, and he sourced the reclaimed barn wood in the bedroom from the old MercBar on Mercer Street, where he and Nadine went on dates in college. “There’s a commonality between our home and the way we develop public spaces,” says Matt. “New York can be so busy, loud, and dramatic—we’re always trying to restore a certain naturalness to a place.”